End 16 Years Of Injustice

Gitmo Clock 2018 photos

Some of the opponents of Guantánamo who are supporting the new poster campaign for 2018, showing Donald Trump how many days Guantánamo has been open, and urging him to close it once and for all.

January 11, 2018 was the 16th anniversary of the opening of the "war on terror" prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and it marked 5,845 days since the prison opened. To mark this grim occasion — which ought to be a source of shame for all decent Americans and citizens of the world who respect the rule of law — we have launched a new initiative: inviting opponents of Guantánamo’s continued existence to take a photo of themselves holding a poster telling Donald Trump to close the prison, and marking how long it has been open.

The launch article for the initiative is here.

The poster for January 11 — 5,845 days — is here, and now that the anniversary is over we invite you to print off your own poster marking how many days the prison has been open via the Gitmo Clock website, which we’ve just revived. The clock counts, in real time, exactly how many days, hours, minute and seconds Guantánamo has been open, and when you open the page and press "print" you will get a unique snapshot of exactly how long it has been open for your photo. Feel free to take a many photos as you want and send them to us, with, if you wish, a message for Donald Trump, and if you wish, your memories of what you were doing when the prison opened on January 11, 2002.

The photos are below:

Close Guantánamo supporter Arthur Sayed calls on Donald Trump to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay at Close Guantánamo co-founder Andy Worthington’s talk about Guantánamo, torture, Donald Trump and his 12 years of activism at Revolution Books in Harlem on January 16, 2018. He was supporting the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — shockingly, 5,850 days on the day of Andy’s talk.

Close Guantánamo supporter Shahela Begum calls on Donald Trump to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay at Close Guantánamo co-founder Andy Worthington’s talk about Guantánamo, torture, Donald Trump and his 12 years of activism at Revolution Books in Harlem on January 16, 2018. She was supporting the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — shockingly, 5,850 days on the day of Andy’s talk.

Close Guantánamo supporter Nancy Vining Van Ness calls on Donald Trump to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay at Close Guantánamo co-founder Andy Worthington’s talk about Guantánamo, torture, Donald Trump and his 12 years of activism at Revolution Books in Harlem on January 16, 2018. She was supporting the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — shockingly, 5,850 days on the day of Andy’s talk.

Former Guantánamo military defense attorney Maj. Todd Pierce (retd.) calls on Donald Trump to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay at Close Guantánamo co-founder Andy Worthington’s talk about Guantánamo, torture, Donald Trump and his 12 years of activism at Revolution Books in Harlem on January 16, 2018. He was supporting the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — shockingly, 5,850 days on the day of Andy’s talk.

A couple at Close Guantánamo co-founder Andy Worthington’s talk about Guantánamo, torture, Donald Trump and his 12 years of activism at Revolution Books in Harlem on January 16, 2018 tell Donald Trump to close the prison via the new Close Guantánamo campaign, which counts how many days Guantánamo has been open — shockingly, 5,850 days on the day of Andy’s talk.

A volunteer at Revolution Books in Harlem tells Donald Trump to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay via the new Close Guantánamo campaign, which counts how many days Guantánamo has been open — shockingly, 5,850 days on January 16, 2018, the day of Close Guantánamo co-founder Andy Worthington’s talk about Guantánamo, torture, Donald Trump and his 12 years of activism at tell Donald Trump to close the prison, when this photo was taken.

Bob Parsons of RefuseFascism.org, who Close Guantánamo co-founder Andy Worthington met by chance on the street in Brooklyn on Jan. 17, 2018, tells Donald Trump to close the prison via the new Close Guantánamo initiative, which counts how many days Guantánamo has been open.

Carl Dix of RefuseFascism.org calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo at Close Guantánamo co-founder Andy Worthington’s talk about Guantánamo, torture, Donald Trump and his 12 years of activism at Revolution Books in Harlem on January 16, 2018. He was supporting the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — shockingly, 5,850 days on the day of Andy’s talk.

Debra Sweet of RefuseFascism.org and the World Can't Wait calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo at Close Guantánamo co-founder Andy Worthington’s talk about Guantánamo, torture, Donald Trump and his 12 years of activism at Revolution Books in Harlem on January 16, 2018. She was supporting the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — shockingly, 5,850 days on the day of Andy’s talk.

Patrice of Revolution Books calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo at Close Guantánamo co-founder Andy Worthington’s talk about Guantánamo, torture, Donald Trump and his 12 years of activism at Revolution Books in Harlem on January 16, 2018. She was supporting the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — shockingly, 5,850 days on the day of Andy’s talk.

Luke Nephew of the Bronx-based Peace Poets calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo at the annual rally outside the White House on January 11, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison. He was supporting the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the anniversary. The Peace Poets' work is at the heart of the annual protest outside the White House, and Luke's piece, "There Is A Man Under That Hood," is featured in a new book, illustrated with photos by Witness Against Torture's media director, Justin Norman. Details about the book can be found here, and see here for a video of Luke performing the piece at the Guantánamo protest in January 2015.

Frank Antonio López of the Bronx-based Peace Poets calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo at the annual rally outside the White House on January 11, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison. He was supporting the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the anniversary. The Peace Poets' work is at the heart of the annual protest outside the White House. See here for Frank performing "Everything Is Possible."

Actress Caroline Lagerfelt calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo at the annual rally outside the White House on January 11, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison. She was supporting the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the anniversary.

Justin Norman, Witness Against Torture's media director, and the designer of the Gitmo Clock, calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo at the annual rally outside the White House on January 11, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison. He was supporting the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the anniversary.
Justin's photos feature in a new book, "There Is A Man Under That Hood," illustrating the powerful spoken word piece of the same name by Luke Nephew of the Bronx-based Peace Poets, whose work is at the heart of the annual protest outside the White House. Details about the book can be found here, and see here for a video of Luke performing the piece at the Guantánamo protest in January 2015.

86-year old peace campaigner Eve Tetaz calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo at the annual rally outside the White House on January 11, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison. She was supporting the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the anniversary.

Freeman, a campaigner with Witness Against Torture, calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo at the annual rally outside the White House on January 11, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison. He was supporting the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the anniversary.

Art Laffin, a peace campaigner with Witness Against Torture, calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo at the annual rally outside the White House on January 11, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison. He was supporting the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the anniversary.

Terry Greene of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo at an Interfaith Rally to Close Guantánamo in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Freelance journalist and researcher Shilpa Jindia calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo at the annual rally outside the White House on January 11, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison. She was supporting the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the anniversary.

Darakshan Raja, the co-director of the Justice For Muslims Collective, calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo at the annual rally outside the White House on January 11, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison. She was supporting the new Close Guantanamo initiative, counting how many days Guantanamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the anniversary.

Social justice campaigner Nicole Fauster calls on Donald Trump to close Guantanamo at the annual rally outside the White House on January 11, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison. She was supporting the new Close Guantanamo initiative, counting how many days Guantanamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the anniversary.

Campaigner Leah Brown calls on Donald Trump to close Guantanamo at the annual rally outside the White House on January 11, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison. She was supporting the new Close Guantanamo initiative, counting how many days Guantanamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the anniversary.

In Brussels, prison teacher and activist Luk Vervaet calls on Donald Trump to close Guantanamo as part of the new Close Guantanamo initiative, counting how many days Guantanamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the anniversary.

Political blogger The Talking Dog, holding a World Can’t Wait placard, calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo at the annual rally outside the White House on January 11, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison. He was supporting the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the anniversary.

Joan Walsh, an anti-torture activist from North Carolina, with North Carolina Stop Torture Now, calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo at the annual rally outside the White House on January 11, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison. She was supporting the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the anniversary.

Close Guantánamo supporter Amy Phillips calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo at the annual rally outside the White House on January 11, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison. She was supporting the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the anniversary.

The Reverend Ron Stief, the Executive Director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo at the annual rally outside the White House on January 11, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison. He was supporting the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the anniversary.

Close Guantánamo co-founder Andy Worthington, Mitch Robinson, international law expert for Mustafa al-Hawsawi, one of five "high-value detainees" at Guantánamo accused of involvement in the 9/11 attacks, and Daphne Eviatar of Amnesty International USA call on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo at the annual rally outside the White House on January 11, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison. They were supporting the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the anniversary.
Amnesty Internatonal USA is marking the anniversary by campaigning for the release of Tawfiq al-Bihani (aka Toffiq al-Bihani), a Yemeni who was approved for release in 2010, but is still held (one of five men still held, out of 41 in total, who were approved for release under President Obama). And here's Amnesty International USA's petition, to defense secretary James Mattis, calling for his release.

Steve Lane, in Bethesda, Maryland supports the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the 16th anniversary of its opening, on Jan. 11. Steve says, "If it is wrong to imprison a U.S. citizen without a speedy trial, why is it not wrong to imprison a non-citizen for 5,845 days without trial? Aren't the rights in the U.S. Constitution universal rights, to be enjoyed by everyone? Why does the U.S., once a shining beacon of hope around the world, violate its own principles, in a way that harms others and itself as well?"

Chantal de Alcuaz of Witness Against Torture calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo at the annual rally outside the White House on January 11, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison. She was supporting the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the anniversary. Founded in 2005, Witness Against Torture lead the struggle to close Guantánamo on and around the anniversary in Washington, D.C., holding a week of actions, and fasting throughout it. Their connection with each other, their empathy for the prisoners, and the depth of emotion they bring to the campaign is genuinely inspiring.

Chris Knestrick of Witness Against Torture calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo at the annual rally outside the White House on January 11, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison. He was supporting the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the anniversary. Founded in 2005, Witness Against Torture lead the struggle to close Guantánamo on and around the anniversary in Washington, D.C., holding a week of actions, and fasting throughout it. Their connection with each other, their empathy for the prisoners, and the depth of emotion they bring to the campaign is genuinely inspiring.

Josie Setzler of Witness Against Torture calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo at the annual rally outside the White House on January 11, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison. She was supporting the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the anniversary. Founded in 2005, Witness Against Torture lead the struggle to close Guantánamo on and around the anniversary in Washington, D.C., holding a week of actions, and fasting throughout it. Their connection with each other, their empathy for the prisoners, and the depth of emotion they bring to the campaign is genuinely inspiring.

Matt Daloisio of Witness Against Torture calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo at the annual rally outside the White House on January 11, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison. He was supporting the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the anniversary. Founded in 2005, Witness Against Torture lead the struggle to close Guantánamo on and around the anniversary in Washington, D.C., holding a week of actions, and fasting throughout it. Their connection with each other, their empathy for the prisoners, and the depth of emotion they bring to the campaign is genuinely inspiring.

Alli McCracken of Amnesty International USA at the protest outside the White House on Jan. 11, the 16th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo, showing her support for the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — shockingly, 5,845 in total on the anniversary.
Amnesty Internatonal USA is marking the anniversary by campaigning for the release of Tawfiq al-Bihani (aka Toffiq al-Bihani), a Yemeni who was approved for release in 2010, but is still held (one of five men still held, out of 41 in total, who were approved for release under President Obama). And here's Amnesty International USA's petition, to defense secretary James Mattis, calling for his release.

In Mexico City yesterday, Jan. 11, the 16th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo, Natalia R. Scott showed her support for the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — shockingly, 5,845 in total on the anniversary.

In Somerville, Massachusetts yesterday, Jan. 11, the 16th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo, Susan McLucas showed her support for the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — shockingly, 5,845 in total on the anniversary.

On the eve of the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, on Jan. 11, 2018, activists held an event in Washington, D.C., "There is a Man Under that Hood: Closing Guantánamo and Ending Torture in the Age of Trump," at which peace activist Kathy Kelly (Voices for Creative Nonviolence) supported the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the anniversary.

On the eve of the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, on Jan. 11, 2018, activists held an event in Washington, D.C., "There is a Man Under that Hood: Closing Guantánamo and Ending Torture in the Age of Trump," at which peace activist Brian Terrell (Voices for Creative Nonviolence) supported the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the anniversary.

On the eve of the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, on Jan. 11, 2018, activists held an event in Washington, D.C., "There is a Man Under that Hood: Closing Guantánamo and Ending Torture in the Age of Trump," at which Beth Adams of Witness Against Torture supported the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the anniversary.

On the eve of the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, on Jan. 11, 2018, activists held an event in Washington, D.C., "There is a Man Under that Hood: Closing Guantánamo and Ending Torture in the Age of Trump," at which Martin Gugino of Witness Against Torture supported the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the anniversary.

At the annual rally outside the White House on January 11, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison, representatives of the Center for Constitutional Rights were supporting the new Close Guantánamo initiative, counting how many days Guantánamo has been open — a shocking total of 5,845 days on the anniversary.
Legal Director Baher Azmy was holding the poster, on the left, with, from the center, Aliya Hussain, advocacy program manager, and attorneys Omar Farah and Pardiss Kebriaei. CCR were highlighting the cases of three of their clients, and had also just come from the National Press Club, where, with Reprieve and other lawyers, they had "filed a major challenge to Donald Trump’s continued detention of prisoners at Guantánamo," arguing, on behalf of 11 men still held, that "Trump's proclamation against releasing anyone from Guantánamo, regardless of their circumstances, which has borne out for the first full year of the Trump presidency, is arbitrary and unlawful and amounts to 'perpetual detention for detention’s sake.'"

Maha Hilal, co-director of the Justice for Muslims Collective, calls on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo at the annual rally outside the White House on January 11, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison. For the anniversary, Maha said, "The existence of Guantánamo Bay prison epitomizes what institutional and structural Islamophobia looks like in practice. For sixteen years, the prison has been allowed to operate on false legal pretenses and no accountability whatsoever. This has not only damaged the lives of prisoners who have been released, but also means that those who remain behind the prison’s walls have little to no hope of justice. As one of the most glaring spectacles of how the War on Terror has targeted Muslims, Guantánamo Bay prison must be closed and torture ended to restore some semblance of justice — not selective or differential justice, but justice in its totality."

Jeremy Varon of Witness Against Torture and Medea Benjamin of CODEPINK: Women for Peace call on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo at the annual rally outside the White House on January 11, 2018, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison.

Close Guantánamo co-founder Andy Worthington launches the new initiative for January 11, 2018, urging Donald Trump to finally close Guantánamo, and to remove this long-standing stain on America's reputation as a country founded on the rule of law, and which respects the rule of law.